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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jan 17, 2014 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: PSA from Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive


In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. A year ago this month one of that movement's leaders, Aaron Swartz, tragically passed away.

Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

If Aaron were alive, he'd be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action.

Now, on the the anniversary of Aaron's passing, and in celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA that he helped make possible, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11, 2014.
Related News from the Internet Archive - No. 7, February 15, 2013:
excerpts from Brewster's Report

Working at the Internet Archive, Aaron Swartz was the architect and first coder of, a site to open the world of books to the Internet generation. As a user of the site, he helped put public domain books that had been locked up on the site.

As a volunteer, he helped make the RECAP system to offer free public access to public domain government court documents. He took the bold step of seeding this system by going to a public library to download the public domain and then uploaded the documents to the Internet Archive—this got him in trouble with the FBI. Now many millions of public domain documents have been used by over six million people for free, including researchers that could never have afforded the high fees to gain access.

Aaron was steadfast in his dedication to building a better and open world. Selfless. Willing to cause change. He is among the best spirits of the Internet generation. I am crushed by his loss, but will continue to be enlightened by his work and dedication.

The Archive held a moving memorial service for Aaron at the Archive on January 24; he’ll be missed.

— 12 Hours Dark: Internet Archive vs. Censorship —

The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of pending legislation in the United States:  House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). is going dark for US residents from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm PDT on Wednesday January 18, 2012 (14:00 – 02:00 GMT) to drive a message to Washington.   We need your help to do this.

Legislation such as this directly affects libraries (pdf) such as the Internet Archive, which collects, preserves, and offers access to cultural materials.   Furthermore, these laws can negatively affect the ecosystem of web publishing that led to the emergence of the Internet Archive.

These bills would encourage the development of blacklists to censor sites with little recourse or due process.   The Internet Archive is already blacklisted in China—let’s prevent the United States from establishing its own blacklist system.

For United States residents, please take action.

For non-US residents: Sorry for dragging you into this, and if you are willing, sign a petition to the State Department to express your concern.

– Internet Archive

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Poster: abilene22 Date: Jan 18, 2014 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: PSA from Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive

Mass surveillance? Ignore that guy behind the curtain, it's Bush's fault.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jan 21, 2014 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: PSA from Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive

Please do not ignore the guys behind the electronics curtain.

Why is the Internet full of malware today, regardless of Net Neutrality and mass surveillance?

Where do the guys behind the electronics curtain come from? Here is my detailed electronics story written in a hippie-essay format for American History - it's very Dead-related.

Who are the people behind the electronics curtain today? What do slave-workers in sweat-shops, and the elimination of the middle class and its manufacturing sector have to do with this? Homeless in Silicon Valley - six-minute exposé reported by Bill Moyers on April 5, 2013.

Why is my own damned town in on it?

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jan 21, 2014 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: PSA from Aaron Swartz and the Internet Archive

The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez...

Jan 21, 2014 - AMY GOODMAN: We’re broadcasting from Park City TV in Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, the largest festival for independent cinema in the United States. This is our fifth year covering some of the films here, and the people and topics they explore.

Today, we spend the hour with the people involved in an incredible documentary that just had its world premiere here yesterday. It’s called The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. It comes as Aaron’s loved ones and friends mark the first anniversary of his death. It was just over a year ago, on January 11th, 2013, that the young Internet freedom activist took his own life. He was 26 years old.

One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life. Swartz died shortly before he was set to go to trial for downloading millions of academic articles from servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on the belief that the articles should be freely available online. At the time he committed suicide, Swartz was facing 35 years in prison, a penalty supporters called excessively harsh. Today we spend the hour looking at the new documentary, "The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." We play excerpts of the film and speak with Swartz’s father Robert, his brother Noah, his lawyer Elliot Peters, and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger.

AMY GOODMAN: Noah, what do you feel people can do to continue Aaron’s legacy?

NOAH SWARTZ: I feel that in the film and in one of the clips I think we played on the show, Aaron says, "I’m here to tell you — you may feel powerless, but I’m here to tell you: You are powerful." And with the work that I’m trying to do with these hackathons, a lot of people are and have been justifiably upset recently with Snowden’s revelations, with WikiLeaks, with all these things that they’re learning about how the world works. And I think Aaron’s message that we can all take on with us is that there are things we can do about this. We can actually have an impact, and we can — we can see the change we want to see in the world by participating, rather than feeling helpless and useless. And so, watching the documentary, I see Aaron, but I also see all the work that he did and all the work that I could be doing and all of us could be doing. And I think that’s the most important message to take out.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2014-01-21 16:51:05